So for about the past 4 months I have been getting these terrible "episodes" as I had coined them. I thought that it was band related at first. You know...eating too fast, taking to big of a bite, forgetting and drinking fluid on top of my food. Basically, any on the list of Band do's and don'ts. I began to realize these attacks were happening whether I was eating or not. About a week ago the attacks became severe. All I can say is the pain was worse than labor or childbirth. I could not sit, stand, laydown. I would have to pace and walk around outside. I would start to dry heave until my throat was sore and raw. I knew I better get in to see my Band Doc. I made an urgent appt. and next thing I knew they were sending me for a stat ultrasound and EGD. Yep, you got it....Diagnosis Gallstones. So this coming Monday I will be having Gallbladder surgery. They have connected me up with a surgeon who has experience doing them on patients with the Band. I am glad about this. I am also glad it wasn't my Band causing me to be ill. When the pain was at its most severe I actually thought "What the hell did I do getting this thing put in". That is the first time I have ever doubted my decision to be banded. Good News, I have put those thoughts out of my mind. I plan to get fixed up and back on track. I have been on a bland diet this week to prevent any attacks so I had to giggle when I saw this cartoon!! I miss reading your blogs, maybe while I am laid up I can catch up on my reading. Hope you are all doing well.